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Pompey's new midfield partners have done this before...
Wednesday, 30th Jun 2021 21:11 by staff

New signing Ryan Tunnicliffe says he and another recruit, Shaun Williams, can work wonders together in Pompey's new-look midfield.

The former Luton midfielder has signed for the Blues having previously operated alongside Williams at Millwall.

Tunnicliffe, 28, told the Pompey website: 'It’s another reason why I decided to come down here and play. I’m really excited to be honest. We complement each other well – he’s more of a sitter and likes to dictate, which gives me the opportunity to press, chase and go from box to box.

'It was a good partnership when we were at Millwall and hopefully it can be a good partnership again.'

Tunnicliffe's aim is to help Pompey get to the Championship - a division he knows well. He told the site: 'First and foremost, this is a massive club. I spoke to the manager and he told me how much he wanted me here.

'It’s obviously a step down from the Championship, but I don’t really see it like that because it’s an opportunity for me to help Pompey get promoted. I’ve been at some really big clubs during my career, so hopefully I can pass some of that knowledge on.

'I’m in my prime and have learnt a lot over the years, while athletically I’m fine, so I want to bring energy, good performances and become a real fan favourite. It’s been a long year without any supporters inside the ground, but I’ve played at Fratton Park before and know the atmosphere is special. I can’t wait to see the place rocking.'

For his part Williams can't wait to get started at Pompey after seven seasons at The Den. He told 'I’m over the moon. This is such a big club and it’s a privilege to be able to join. I was at Millwall for seven-and-a-half year and have unbelievable memories. It’s a great part of my career and something I’ll fondly remember.

'There were a couple of other options, but this is the one that stood out for me and I’m delighted to get it finalised. I’m a composed figure, a team player and I give 110 per cent each week. I just want what’s best for the team.

'Hopefully that means us winning as many games as possible this season and achieving promotion. This club seems to be a bit of a sleeping giant, so we want to be successful. The support base is massive. I know it’s a cliché, but they’ll definitely be a 12th man when they come back to the stadium.'

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